A mysterious digital totem pole has appeared, guarding the entrance to Bayhead. Stornoway.

This is the work of Sustrans (Sustainable Transport) which has installed a Danish style digital cycle counter in Stornoway, the first of its kind in one of the Islands, with grant funding from the Scottish Government.

The high-visibility digital display will allow local residents and visitors to the area to see the total number of cyclists that have passed the counter on that day and over the course of the past year. it also tells the time and local temperature.

The counter is one of a total of 14 across Scotland, which relay local cycle information to a master display of the counts outside the Scottish Government’s Victoria Quay office in Leith, Edinburgh.

It joins counters in Clydebank, Glasgow, Coatbridge, Stirling, Benderloch, Inverness, Perth, Edinburgh and Dundee.

The project is part of cross portfolio working in the Scottish Government and will help contribute to achieving the vision set out in the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (CAPS) for 10% of trips to be by bike by 2020.

Sustrans Scotland has worked in partnership with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to install the cycle counter in Stornoway.  Danish cycle counter experts, Falco, supplied and oversaw their installation.